The Descent

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Still of Saskia Mulder and MyAnna Buring in The DescentStill of Natalie Mendoza and Saskia Mulder in The DescentNeil Marshall at event of The DescentStill of Shauna Macdonald in The DescentStill of Shauna Macdonald in The DescentThe Descent


A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.3/10 (79,286 voted)

Critic's Score: 71/100

Neil Marshall

Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid

A woman goes on vacation with her family and friends and her husband and her daughter encounters a tragic accident. One year later she goes hiking with her friends and they get trapped in the cave. With a lack of supply, they struggle to survive and they meet strange blood thirsty creatures.


Shauna Macdonald


Natalie Mendoza


Alex Reid


Saskia Mulder


MyAnna Buring


Nora-Jane Noone


Oliver Milburn


Molly Kayll


Craig Conway

Crawler – Scar

Leslie Simpson


Mark Cronfield


Stephen Lamb


(as Steve Lamb)

Catherine Dyson


Julie Ellis


Sophie Trott


Face Your Deepest Fear


Official Website:
Lions Gate Films [United States] |
Official site [Germany] |

Release Date: 4 August 2006

Filming Locations: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: £3,500,000


Opening Weekend: £570,850
(10 July 2005)
(329 Screens)

Gross: $57,029,609

Technical Specs



(original unrated cut)

Did You Know?


The appearance of the creatures was kept secret from the cast members until the first scene in which they encounter them was filmed. When the cast were finally filming the scene where the girls encounter the crawlers, the girls were genuinely scared and screamed the building down, running off set and laughing.


Revealing mistakes:
When the girls pull out the camera, someone suggests to turn on the infrared, however, when we can see what they're looking at, the camera is clearly using the night vision setting, not infrared.


Sam's gonna be Doctor Van Ney in like a year's time.

Please tell me it's longer than that.

User Review

Masterful horror film. Spoiler free review

Rating: 9/10

If nightmare inducing horror is not your bag then the less you know
about The Descent the better. Geordie writer-director Neil Marshall has
delivered an accomplished, well acted, out and out horror movie that
comes as much of a pleasant surprise as his first major feature Dog
Soldiers did back in 2002. Shot in a mere 7 weeks The Descent sees a
sextet of undeniably attractive action women leaping headfirst into an
Appalachian potholing adventure that goes wrong so quickly you are left
wondering if any one of them will survive, let alone ever see daylight

There are comparisons to be drawn to Marshall's 'Soldiers of course –
again the story is stark and wonderfully economic. Again there is group
of six people, predominantly one sex accompanied with a lurking,
ominous threat and again there are more nods to popular film culture
than you probably realise. The Descent however has a sense of humour
that is suitably pitch black.

Long before the cave appears we play witness to a traumatic event that
underlies the plot and serves to both unite and tear apart
relationships in equal measure. Mostly affected are fragile Sarah and
physically strong Juno, an adrenaline junkie who leads the group
further and further beneath the ground. No time is wasted in recreating
the primal feel of crawling through tunnels with hard hats scraping the
dust from the rocks, choking and inducing paranoia all the way as it
lingers in the stale, torchlit air. It's here Marshall gets a little
inventive. Playing with various different lighting techniques our
heroines become colour coded through scenes via glow-sticks,
flashlights and video camera. Sounds echo when visuals are briefly lost
and deliciously bone crunching they are too. Events escalate quickly
and the whole ride becomes what can only be described as a non-stop
relentless assault on the senses that will demand repeated viewing.

The only thing that will ruin this movie for you is word of mouth,
which ironically is exactly what this film will need to become
commercially viable. But the less you know, the more you will enjoy it.
Have fun spotting references to Carrie and Apocalypse Now by all means,
but don't be fooled into thinking this is a mere standard entry into
the much saturated genre-movie staple. The Descent will rank as one of
the most unashamedly terrifying British films ever made. It was made by
people that love good cinema, and it shows. The Descent was made before
The Cave, and now has an alternate ending for new audiences.